Park and care home before planners

Plans for an extension at a care home and alterations to a play park in north Northumberland are both set to get the go-ahead tonight.

Members of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee are recommended to approve plans for an extension to an Alnwick care home.

The proposed two-storey extension at Castle View Residential Home in Howling Lane would provide 15 ensuite bedrooms , lounges and bathrooms.

Six objections to the scheme were received from residents due to possible traffic and parking issues and the affect of overlooking and the creation of a dominant building in the area.

Alterations to Embleton play park to provide car parking, improved access and an all-weather multi court are also recommended for approval at tonight’s meeting in Alnwick.

Despite letters of support from residents and the parish council, Northumberland Conservation and the AONB team have raised concerns about the effect on the character and appearance of the area.

However Embleton Parish Council has objected to an application, also before the committee tonight, to change the use of land to allow for the re-siting of nine caravans at North Farm.

They object as they believe there is no advantage in moving the caravans.

But the planning officer concludes that the re-siting will result in ‘a more appropriate scheme’ and has recommended it for approval.